Whether you're an avid stargazer or astrophotographer, or simply love watching the night sky come alive with the Milky Way, there is no shortage of stargazing opportunities in Australia's Coral Coast.
The region has many locations and country towns that are becoming more known for protecting dark night skies, so that visitors and locals alike can enjoy stargazing at its best. These dedicated Astrotourism Towns not only work to protect dark night skies, but have designated observing sites where stargazers can set up telescopes as well as stargazing hotspots that are perfect for astrophotographers! Astrotourism WA works with these towns to develop Astrotourism opportunities; provides useful resources, maps and stargazing calendars; and runs a series of stargazing events throughout the year.
If you're looking for a dedicated Astrotourism Town, check out:
- Observing site: Macpherson Homestead.
- Astrophotography hotspot: Lakes Lookout.
- Observing site: Lake Thetis
- Astrophotography hotspot: The Pinnacles of Nambung National Park.
- Observing site: Coorow Golf Club.
- Astrophotography hotspot: Touche Road Lakes.
- Observing site: Yandanooka Hall.
- Astrophotography hotspot: Mingenew WA Space Centre.
- Observing site: Mullewa Polocrosse Club.
- Astrophotography hotspot: Perkins Wells #2.
- Observing site: Three Springs Golf Club.
- Astrophotography hotspot: Talc Mine Lookout.
In addition to these specified Astrotourism Towns, there is no shortage of magical stargazing opportunities all throughout the Coral Coast. With 1,100km of coastline, you'll experience stargazing whichever way you look! Some other great stargazing locations include:
- Cervantes Sand Dunes
- Sandy Cape Recreation Park, near Jurien Bay
- Point Moore Lighthouse, Geraldton
- Pink Lake (Hutt Lagoon), Port Gregory
- Coastal Cliffs, Kalbarri
- Monkey Mia, Shark Bay World Heritage Area
- OTC Dish, Carnarvon
- Quobba Station, Ningaloo
- Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, Exmouth
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